Sunday, March 2, 2014

Boxed Mini Album - A Gift

Back when I first started scrapbooking I bought a $.25 8x8 accordion album at a garage sale. It sat for a almost two years. Then as things happen I found it in a drawer and knew instantly that it would make a great gift for my mother in law. Once I finished it, I had a problem it needed a box. I have never made a box before this and the measurements were a little to tall. I used primarily Prima Printery and Engraver collection papers in 6x6 size for the pages. There is also a little Lyric collection too. 

Cover of the album with book band
The cover without the book band. Here I have Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings and Resins with Finnabar Mechanicals. 
Page one
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
The back has simple hand prints from the boys with some washi tape and mistable canvas
So although the pages are pretty flat out of necessity of the way the chipboard folds on itself, I used modeling paste here and there for dimension and texture. 
Now the box! I reviewed lots of you tube videos from the Gentleman Crafter to learn how to pull this off. In retrospect I would have used duct tape to hinge the lid and covered with cardstock for added strength. 
The lid has tons of embellishments from Prima and some from Tim Holtz. I also used IOD Paintables to create a focal point.
I found this perfect drawer pull in Hobby Lobby by spare parts.
A Side view with Tim Holtz corner feet. 
The inside of the box I lined with Sunrise Sunset Prima papers. 

And this is how the box looks with the album:
The final box dimensions were 3.25 x 9.25 x 8.25. Too tall for the album but now additional treasures can be added by my mother in law. 


  1. This is an absolutely STUNNING creation!!!!

    1. Thank you again Helen! I really need to enter your Scrap Around the World challenges. I look every month just haven't managed yet. :)

  2. Just beautiful Cindy! What a wonderful treasure for your MIL. I love the photos you chose. Your little boys are SO cute!

    1. Thank you Linda, my mother in law loved it. I think my kids are cute too - I need to do another photo shoot for them.

  3. Wow, what a treasure chest this is! I think that you are certainly going to win brownie points with this one Cindy (that is if you need them?) The colors and every little detail are amazing, and of course the photos are just precious! Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.